<![CDATA[Allison Gingras ... Reconciled To You - BLOG]]>Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:30:52 -0700Weebly<![CDATA[Pauline Books & Media September Book Review]]>Sun, 17 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://reconciledtoyou.com/blog/pauline-books-media-september-book-review

Explaining the Beatitudes to my eleven year old daughter, Faith, has proved to be challenging.  Not only because of the subject (which I as an adult struggle to fully comprehend) but also because of her learning delays.  Silvia Vecchini's books have been invaluable resources for our family.   Faith has learned so much - and honestly, so have I.


This fourth addition to the Explained series helps children ages 8 to 12 (grade levels three to seven) discover the meaning behind the eight Beatitudes-guidelines for living as Jesus taught us. This standalone volume helps children understand the passage from Matthew's gospel known as the Sermon on the Mount. At first glance, the Beatitudes can appear to be confusing. How are we "blessed" when we mourn? How are those who are "poor" in spirit also blessed? This easy-to-follow book breaks the Beatitudes down into simple scriptural based lessons, inspiring children with concrete exercises for spiritual formation. Engaging illustrations and activities for use in the classroom and beyond will help children walk in the footsteps of Jesus.



Adult Coloring and Prayer

Features & Benefits (*from Pauline.org):
  • 30 beautiful illustrations sure to spark creativity 
  • A coloring book that will appeal to a wide age range 
  • A portable, non-perishable, inexpensive way to relax and be mindful?
  • Texts that include passages from the Gospels 


This is my favorite for a few reasons:
  • I know and adore Fabiola Garza
  • It was shared with me when it was still in concept form
  • Able to pray for it while in development with my favorite Sisters!
  • The story chokes me up EVERY SINGLE time I read it outloud!!

**Disclaimer:  All Books received as a Free Reviewer Copy.  All Reviews my HONEST to goodness opinion.  No Affiliate links used.
<![CDATA[#FridayFlashback - Mully, Worry and 5 Minutes of Fame]]>Fri, 15 Sep 2017 11:28:59 GMThttp://reconciledtoyou.com/blog/fridayflashback-mully-worry-and-5-minutes-of-fame


MULLY is an incredibly well-done documentary.  I feel so blessed to be able to pre-sceen and share it with you.  Like all exceptional media, MULLY brings all the feels.  When the movie ended, I found myself sobbing (in a good way) overwhelmed by the goodness and generosity in people despite the tremendous poverty of this world. 


Sharing Worry Antidotes at Catholicmom.com

Worry changes nothing, including the inevitable of a fixed life expectancy. Trust me on this one: I’ve tested it out one too many times! As if Jesus’ words were not clear enough for us to see the frivolousness of a life of fretting, Padre Pio advised, “Pray, hope, do not worry.

Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.” As someone who struggles daily with anxiety, I find comfort and strength in the many beautiful traditions and devotions of the Catholic faith. When I worry, I tend to be paralyzed by my thoughts. My worries, fears, and concerns can spin round and round on the hamster wheel of my thoughts for hours and days!

These are just 5 of the many Catholic devotions that break anxiety’s spell!

Faithy's 5 Minutes of Fame

Intended for kids 4-8 (although Faithy is 11 and LOVES it) the Mass Box delivers right to your home all the craft materials, instructions, videos, and a magazine (hence Faithy's 5 minutes of fame) to help kids prepare for the Mass!

A long time #FanGirl of author, Maria Morera Johnson, it is my pleasure to share the launch of her amazing new book - Super Girls and Halos.  Available now!!  Wanting to find a fun way to introduce Super Girls and Halos to you - I decided to share an interview with the author! Maria's answers are in bold - which seemed appropriate given the boldness with which she writes.  While her new book can be light in tone. *SHAZAM*  It is thoroughly rich in insightful and encouraging content!
The Mass Box excellent resource for bringing Sunday Gospel to life for children 4- 6 #Giveaway
Leave a comment below to be entered for one free month of The Mass Box
<![CDATA[#WorthRevisit - 5 Hope Filled Devotions]]>Wed, 13 Sep 2017 07:00:00 GMThttp://reconciledtoyou.com/blog/worthrevisit-5-hope-filled-devotionsDisclaimer: Post contains affiliate links. Items purchased through these links benefit RTY but do not cost you more.

My Worry Remedy

This summer, my daughter discovered The Andy Griffith Show on Netflix. As I watched a few of the black and white episodes with her, it made me nostalgic for a more simple and peaceful time. As the show progressed into color I noticed the story lines began to reveal the reality of life. There has always been and this side of heaven, there will always be, something to threaten the peace Jesus came to leave us, even in the most idyllic settings.

That does not mean we should wave our anxiety flags in defeat. A faith in Christ comes with hope, as St. Peter declared, “a living hope.” When troublesome times arise, it is easy to become frightened and worried. Jesus counsels us as to the worthlessness of worry when he says, “And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”

Worry changes nothing, including the inevitable of a fixed life expectancy. Trust me on this one: I’ve tested it out one too many times! As if Jesus’ words were not clear enough for us to see the frivolousness of a life of fretting, Padre Pio advised, “Pray, hope, do not worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer.”

As someone who struggles daily with anxiety, I find comfort and strength in the many beautiful traditions and devotions of the Catholic faith. When I worry, I tend to be paralyzed by my thoughts. My worries, fears, and concerns can spin round and round on the hamster wheel of my thoughts for hours and days! These are just 5 of the many devotions I have found to break anxiety’s spell on me. Not only do some of these devotions give me healthy and helpful actions, but they also renew my thoughts so I can once again focus on Christ and live in hope.


NOTHING brings PEACE to a world like the Rosary!! Why The Rosary ? Why Now? Gretchen Crowe OSV
History of the Rosary By Fr. R. Gribble
Praying the Rosary Dr. Ed Sri
Once considered the prayer of grandmothers, old-fashioned and even a chore to pray, the Rosary is finally getting the respect it deserves.  For a worrier, the familiar prayers offer encouragement and the feel of the beads through my fingers brings comfort. Often, I use my Rosary as a “Spiritual Abacus,” praying each bead for a special intention such as a sick friend, a hope for my child, or in thanksgiving for a blessing! As my wise friend Michael once told me, “Prayer isn’t the least you can do; it is the most you can do.”


Sacred Heart Prayer BOok Pauline Books and Media #Winner #welldone
Healing Promises Sacred Heart Anne Costa
This devotion won my heart with its 12 Promises. Nothing soothes a worrier’s heart like healing, protective, security-offering promises from God. Those Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus given to us through St. Margaret Mary Alacoque are:

  • (1) “I will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life.
  • (2) I will establish peace in their homes.
  • (3) I will comfort them in all their afflictions.
  • (4) I will be their secure refuge during life, and above all, in death.
  • (5) I will bestow abundant blessings upon all their undertakings.
  • (6) Sinners will find in my Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
  • (7) Lukewarm souls shall become fervent.
  • (8) Fervent souls shall quickly mount to high perfection.
  • (9) I will bless every place in which an image of my Heart is exposed and honored.
  • 10) I will give to priests the gift of touching the most hardened hearts.
  • (11) Those who shall promote this devotion shall have their names written in my Heart.
  • (12) I promise you in the excessive mercy of my Heart that my all-powerful love will grant to all those who receive Holy Communion on the First Fridays in nine consecutive months the grace of final perseverance; they shall not die in my disgrace, nor without receiving their sacraments. My divine Heart shall be their safe refuge in this last moment.”    Copyright (c) 1996 EWTN


7 Secrets of Divine Mercy Vinny Flynn (get the journal too!!)
Divine Mercy for MOms Ave Maria Press
Seven years ago, our family was blessed to welcome a little girl via adoption. We were so thrilled when we received her photograph in April and were informed we’d be able to travel and bring her home in 6 to 8 weeks. That quickly expanded to 6 months! The wait was agonizing, often triggering my negative-Nelly thoughts until I would be convinced something would prevent us from becoming her forever family. This is when I discovered the calming effects of the Divine Mercy Chaplet. The boys and I made it a habit to pray the Chaplet every day at 3 o’clock during our long wait and received many incredible insights and blessings. By the end of 2009, Faith become a permanent part of our family, as did this special trust-producing prayer.


21 WAys to Worship Eucharistic Adoration Vinny Flynn
Time in our quiet chapel with Jesus has done more for overcoming my anxiety than any other remedy I have attempted.  No matter how wound up I arrive, Jesus always has a way of straightening me out.  Whether I spend my time in quiet contemplative prayer, engaged in spiritual reading, or engrossed in Scripture; this time apart from the busy world always brings me peace.   Some of my Adoration visits have been wrought with tears, pleas, groans, and sighs; yet Jesus never leaves me in that knotted state. This ‘foretaste of Heaven’ as St. Teresa of Avila referred to Adoration as always gives me the hope I seek in the most troubling and unsettling of circumstances.


Miraculous Medal - contains Allison Gingras' miraculous story from her Adoption in China
The Miraculous Medal is what is known as a Sacramental.
“Holy Mother Church has, moreover, instituted sacramentals. These are sacred signs which bear a resemblance to the sacraments. They signify effects, particularly of a spiritual nature, which are obtained through the intercession of the Church. By them men are disposed to receive the chief effect of the sacraments, and various occasions in life are rendered holy.” ~ Catechism Catholic Church 1667

A Miraculous Medal has been around my neck since 2007 and has been touched upon the relic of many a Saint. My anxiety always subsides when I reach up and feel the raised imprint of Our Blessed Mother, the Queen of Saints, and remember she along with many other friends in heaven (my Saint Posse) are bringing my prayer intentions to Jesus.
WINE: Women IN the New Evangelization Between The WINES book club #Autumn - When Women Pray

<![CDATA[MULLY - AN INSPIRING TRUE STORY]]>Mon, 11 Sep 2017 17:09:28 GMThttp://reconciledtoyou.com/blog/mully-an-inspiring-true-storySPECIAL 3 DAY EVENT IN THEATERS OCTOBER 3, 4, 5

The Ripple Effect of Kindness

As a six-year-old boy in Kenya, Charles Mully, finds himself abandoned by his family. For ten years he lived as a beggar until two significant events.  First, someone invited him to encounter Jesus. Second, a stranger showed him kindness and gave him a chance at life.

MULLY is the true story of Charles Mully, a self made millionaire haunted by the faces of the street boys. The person he was and thought he had escaped. Once surrendering to God's call, a miraculous albeit difficult journey began.  MULLY sets out to make a real difference in the lives of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully offers more than an investment of money in the Kenyan Orphans.  In an even more remarkable gesture, MULLY invests himself.

Mully's Story Made Me Think

We adopted our daughter in 2009.  She is Profoundly Deaf.   Abandoned at 10 months old in a hospital parking lot in China.  For three years Faith lived in a Foster Home, clearly loved, but never taught any means of communication.  Children age out of foster care at fourteen years old in China.  Faith would have left the orphanage with no way to communicate nor an education. I truly shutter to think what would have become of her if we'd not answered God's call to adopt.

The inspiration to adopt came while at a concert. As the singer shared his story of adopting three little girls, my husband and I realized we needed to explore adoption. Our desire to adopt came directly from God, until that concert in 2007, the idea had never crossed our minds. Although, I live with paralyzing anxiety, an empty bank account, and occasional parenting insecurities; we answered God's call.  Not a day passes that one of us does not look at this sweet, beautiful, and funny little girl and say, "I cannot imagine our lives without her."


We Experienced the Blessing of Adopting ONE ...
Imagine the Exponential Blessings of Taking in 10,000+

MULLY is an incredibly well-done documentary.  I feel so blessed to be able to pre-sceen and share it with you.  Like all good media, MULLY brought all the feels.  Including a surprising, heart-filling, full-on sleeve-wiping snot cry of an ending!

<![CDATA[Autumn Reset: Are You Meeting Your Goals]]>Thu, 07 Sep 2017 11:22:38 GMThttp://reconciledtoyou.com/blog/autumn-reset-are-you-meeting-your-goals

Happy New New Year

For nearly 20 years, I have made 10 lists of 10 things I want change or accomplish in the upcoming year.   Not sure what precipitated this tradition? Maybe it was my love of making lists!  That thrill I get from physically crossing an item off my to-do list!

 My resolutions are always organized by theme.  
  • 10 ways to a healthy me;
  •  10 books to read (probably only one I actually accomplish);
  • 10 decluttering projects to tackle; and
  • 10 Spiritual practices to adopt, etc.

Some Things Never Change

De-cluttering last Summer, I found old journals containing previous years' lists.   It was funny (or maybe a little sad) how many items carried from year to year.  The lists included such things as:

The Autumn Reset

Last September, I felt a desire to revisit my New Year's Resolutions.  As Summer wraps up and the calendar fills with new activity, I want to take a fresh look at my resolutions.  The timing is perfect. I enter Autumn refreshed and refocused. As opposed to frazzled in January following the hustle of the holidays.

So, here I am at September, recharged and ready to roll!  How about you?

Day One: A Healthier Me

Battling weight and food issues since the age of 9, "10 Ways to Lose Weight" is a constant goal.  My first Autumn reset? Renaming this goal to "10 Ways to a Healthy Me."  Experiencing another Weight Watchers failure, I had to admit my AD/HD and tracking are incompatible. It is time to wave the white flag on WW.   The second Autumn reset is on how I will approach food.

After two years of battling multiple food sensitivities - gluten, dairy and sulfur - I am looking at ways to be mindful of what I eat.   Aware I need to work on my portion control issue I went searching for something that better suited me.  I discovered Intermittent Fasting (IF).  Although many versions of IF exist, I am settling on the 16/8 variation.  Which means fasting for 16 hours and consuming food within an 8 hour window each day.

Two months in and I have lost only a few pounds.  That may seem discouraging but any month I've not gained weight, I am happy.  Adhering to the philosophy that slow progress leads to permanent change. The 16/8 Intermittent Fast serves a dual purpose. It aids my Spiritual Goal to incorporate fasting with my prayer.  A daily fast is easier than I expected. The new IF eating plan produces spiritual fruit for me to feast upon.  "Fail" days are minimal.  I don't feel deprived which positively affects my emotional well-being!

Rosary Reset

Autumn Reset #3 also covers two resolutions.  With the weather cooling down enough for being outside, it is time to resurrect my Rosary Walks.  This Autumn there is a bit of a hesitation because two homes were built in my backyard over the Summer.  If one neighbor thinks I am nuts, three may be enough to have me committed.   Though being a fool for Christ has never been a hindrance before! 

The walking assists with my healthy me goal. The Rosary aligns with my daily prayer target.  My secondary goal is a 54-Day Rosary Novena for Peace in the world. Our Blessed Mother words to the children of Fatima a 100 years ago continues to encourage me to pray the Rosary. My anxious heart seeks the comfort and hope the Rosary offers regarding the end to the threat of war.  

What Autumn Reset toward
being a healthier you
would you like to implement?

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